a few questions

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jensonroberts, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. jensonroberts

    jensonroberts Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2015
    Hi I'm pretty new to posting questions and I haven't yet got any chickens. But I just have a few questions:

    1) I read somewhere that you can give them egg shells as a type of grit. Can I use store bought egg shells or is it best to stay away from them?

    2) can they eat cheese if I have a baked potato can the eat the cheese on it.

    3) what should I never feed them (I know about onion, garlic and I'm not feeding them meat.)

    4) anything else important about feed so that they lay pretty much year round?

    Thanks for all of your help[​IMG]
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    1) Egg shells don't work as grit. They work as a calcium source. Egg shells are calcium carbonate which is 40% calcium. Most people use Oyster shells for calcium. OS is also calcium carbonate. Any eggs shells will be calcium carbonate.
    I think the confusion for grit comes from the fact that people call crushed oyster shell, 'oyster shell grit'. Oyster shell is not grit. Oyster shell is soluble and gets mushy by the time it hits the gizzard.
    Grit is insoluble stone that get lodged in the gizzard to aid in grinding grains and other tough foodstuffs. Insoluble means that intestinal acids take a long time for it to dissolve.

    2) They can eat cheese. Many people say they can't because they aren't mammals. Any dairy product will break down to amino acids, fats, etc.. Feeding yogurt will get probiotics in them. I feed whole milk to roosters I'm about to butcher.

    3) They can eat pretty much anything you SHOULD eat. Not soda, candy, etc..

    4) A complete feed. They will only lay year round the first year regardless of what you feed them. Every chicken, (every bird for that matter) has to molt every year. Feathers are 92% protein, eggs contain 6 grams of protein. They can't grow a new winter coat and make eggs at the same time. They will stop while molting and recovering. They may start up afterwards or wait till after winter solstice when days start getting longer.
  3. jensonroberts

    jensonroberts Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2015
    thanks for a minute there I was going to use egg shells as grit

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